One of the most vocally talented artists you are likely to encounter today is Macini, born Kevin Edwards, the youngest of seven brothers who acquired the name ‘Macini’ due to his impeccable collection of Italian wear. Macini has upped his game with the release of, ‘Man A General,’ projecting his personal image as a confident master of musical styles in the streets of his home town Mandeville (Manchester, Jamaica), across Africa and worldwide.
Musical Background and influences: Music featured heavily throughout Macini’s life and was an important part of his childhood, growing up singing. Around the age of thirteen Macini became aware that he was talented and, following traditional musical roots, began singing at his Revivalist church where he was able to express himself through Gospel music. Later Macini contributed to worship services, playing his guitar (aged sixteen.) Macini’s realised his ability to write songs from quite a young age, fifteen; recently putting together a catalogue of over 35 excellent numbers.
Naturally Macini was influenced by Jamaica’s best and speaks of artists such as the late, great Sanchez, veteran Reggae artist Beres Hammond and contemporary Dancehall artist Bounty Killer. It was Macini’s love of Reggae music which led him to explore Dancehall, Reggae and Lover’s Rock, making these his own personal genres.
Early Career Moves: London became home to Macini in 2001, his musical life taking a serious turn in 2010 when he emerged as a genuine contender in the dancehall arena; an artist with multiple talents. During his career in music Macini has worked with well known producers- Category 5 Jamaica, Jerrymuzik, Frenz 4real production, Standfirm Records, Pure and Natural Records, Dandadda Production and Andrew Robinson which have contributed to his success. As a solo artist Macini has the extraordinary ability to sound like two different artists– when he sings and raps on the same track. This talent has fooled many people in the industry!
Discography to date;
1. ‘Grey Goose Buss ina mi head’ 2013 – with Junior P- a great party song produced by Category 5 Jamaica
2. ‘Bad mind people’ 2013 – Category 5 Jamaica
3. ‘She tell mi dat she love mi’ 2013 – a popular Reggae song produced by Jerrymuzi
4. ‘Lap Dance’ 2014 – Video with a group of six artists known as Project XXX (Triple X)
5. ‘Hold mi Squeeze mi’ 2014 – Reggae song produced by Category 5 Jamaica, video release March 2014.
6. ‘Man A General’ 2014 – Produced by Jnile, Pure and Natural Records. A huge song that quickly became Macini’s signature tune
7. ‘Ringtone’ 2016 – Produced by Naz B. R’n’B collaboration with Nigerian artist Naz B. 40K+ Youtube hits.
8. ‘Bad Gal’ 2016 – Produced by Macini. Dancehall club track that reached worldwide generating great attention from the music fraternity
9. ‘Bloodless Revolution’ 2016 – A major project by Andrew Robinson, Switzerland, involving 18 artists which has excelled in Africa and on Youtube
10. ‘(AH) so we do it’ 2017 – Produced by Macini to a beat by SOS Dynamikz. A great party number.
11. ‘Good Time’ 2017 – Dandadda Productions
Recent Career Moves 2014- Macini was interviewed on internet radio stations including Music Radiofm, VRL radio and appeared on Ben TV. He performed live at many venues including: Fire Friday’s (North London,) Dandadda promotional show with Fire Rankin (New port, Wales) and Hootananny, South London. Macini’s hit Man A General opened the door to Gambia- December 2014 and he toured for two weeks taking in shows and interviews; Macini’s most noteable venue was the National Stadium, performing to a crowd exceeding 20,000. Promoter Nexus was impressed with Man A General and organised performances in Germany- G Town, club, and other venues, on the strength of this song. 2014 was a successful year evident in the increased number of Macini followers.
2015- Macini appeared at Irie Jam’s 22nd Anniversary in New York, along with popular artists Agent Sasco, Bugle and Mr Vegas
2016- Macini embarked on a promotional tour of Jamaica in April and was interviewed on many of the island’s TV and Radio shows including Hitsfm 92, Sunity Radio, UV Radio, Hot102 and Dwrap CVMTV, RETV, tempo Preedis TV, Hype TV and a live performance on Sunrise CVMTV. Macini’s music had been included on mix tapes produced by DJ’s Don Kingston, DJ.com and B13, alongside artists Alkaline, Popcaan, Movado, Vibes Cartel and more. In addition to musical achievement Macini appeared live at Country Fest in Christiana, Manchester, and made time to sing at Rock River Primary School, St Mary, to inspire the youth. Shortly after his return to the UK Macini travelled to New York to perform at the 20th Anniversary of Jamaica Jam, giving rise to more radio opportunities in the U.S.A. including: E2 Radio in Brooklyn and Linkage Radio Mount Vernan. Back in Notting Hill, London, Macini appeared at a club with Shaggy, Rayvon and Stylo G at Shaggy’s single launch, ‘Need Your Love.’
2017- will see Macini return to Jamaica where he is scheduled to appear at various shows including Artist Link Up, in Naggo Head, Portmore, St Catherine’s, with some shows resulting from the success of ‘Bad Gal.’ He will also be recording new material for future release.
Aspirations!! Macini’s musical inspiration extends beyond the boundaries of traditional and modern Jamaican music. Aspiring to popular artists Shaggy and Sean Paul, Macini’s love of popular music is calling him towards the R’n’B market. Macini voices political ideals and creates songs based around feelings we all relate to, specifically love, which he expresses through song. With such a wealth of talent and determination there is every reason to believe that Macini will attain the heights he is striving to achieve. Macini has a determined and straightforward attitude to life and music embraced in his own personal mantra, ‘DO IT ONE TIME.’ Macini believes in getting everything right first time and without doubt is set to make his mark in the commercial world.
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